Cambodian martial art kun Khmer has been confirmed as one of the kickboxing combat sports included in ONE Championship’s upcoming professional kickboxing league that aims to showcase the best in local and international striking talent.
Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion has announced that its ONE Championship Kickboxing “aims to provide the world’s best martial artists a prestigious global platform to showcase the beauty of Asia’s striking arts”, which will also include muay Thai, kickboxing, karate, taekwondo, kung fu, wushu, Chinese kickboxing form sanda, Indonesian and Malaysian martial art silat, and Myanmar combat sport lethwei.
Some matches will be under standard international kickboxing rules in the boxing ring, ONE revealed, while other matches will be under modified hybrid striking rules in the ONE MMA cage.
“Asia has been the home of martial arts for 5,000 years, and we will now showcase Asia’s striking arts to fans from around the world,” Chatri Sityodtong, chairman and CEO of ONE Championship said.
“Featuring the best martial arts talent from across the globe, ONE Championship Kickboxing aims to showcase Asia’s striking arts front and centre as part of ONE Championship live events.”
ONE Championship Kickboxing will launch in Philippine capital Manila at ONE: Heroes of Honor on April 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
“ONE Championship is dedicated to giving fans an authentic martial arts experience,” Sityodtong added. “So we are proud to announce that the absolute best strikers in the world have chosen to continue their professional careers under the ONE banner.
“This is a game-changer in the world of martial arts, and I am excited to kick things off this April.”